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Easy-Finding Guide to Early Dollars

Distribution of BB Numbers BB Nos.
1794: BB-1.
1795 Flowing Hair: Begins with BB-11.
1795 Draped Bust: Begins with BB-51.
1796: Begins with BB-61.
1797: Begins with BB-71.
1798 Small Eagle reverse: Begins with BB-81.
1798 Heraldic Eagle reverse, Knob 9: Begins with BB-91.
1798 Heraldic Eagle reverse, Pointed 9: Begins with BB-101.
1799/8: Begins with BB-14l.
1799: Begins with BB-151.
1800: Begins with BB-181.
1801: Begins with BB-21 1.
1802/1: Begins with BB-231.
1802: Begins with BB-241.
1803: Begins with BB-251.
1801-4 Novodels: Begins with BB-301.

Easy-Finding Guide to Early Dollars

How to use the Easy-Finding Guide

The following Easy-Finding Guide is intended to make it easy to attribute a given dollar to a BB number. Use the Easy Finding Guide by following these steps. Be sure to follow the steps in order. Do not jump ahead or skip any step. The final step in the process should yield a likely BB number for your coin. Once this number is found, then check your coin against the detailed individual listing in that variety's special section.

First, pick a Roman numeral category (I, II, or III) that fits your coin. Second, under that Roman numeral heading, pick a number (1 or 2) that fits your coin. Third, under that number, pick a letter (A, B, C, etc.) that fits your coin. When you have completed the third step, you should have a match. The BB number is given in parentheses, such as (BB-11).


Some sorting procedures will not require all three steps if there are not multiple selections. Go as far as you can.
Once you have tentatively identified the variety, check it against the text description and photographs in its section.

1794 Dollars

Easy-Finding Guide

I. Only one variety (BB-1)


1795 Flowing Hair Dollars

I. Two leaves below each wing

1. Reverse: 16 berries arranged 8 + 8 (BB-11)

2. Reverse: 17 berries arranged 9 + 8

    A. Star 15 partially under bust point (BB-13

    B. Star 15 completely under bust point (BB-14)

3. Reverse: 18 berries arranged 9 + 9 (BB-22)

4. Reverse: 19 berries arranged 8 + 11 (BB-17)

5. Reverse: 19 berries arranged 9 + 10

    A. Outside berry under left upright of N of UNITED (BB-23)

    B. Berry under extreme left foot of first A of AMERICA. Star 15 partially under bust point (BB-16)

    C. Berry under extreme left foot of first A of AMERICA. Star 15 distant from bust point (BB-15)

    D. Berry under center of first A of AMERICA. (BB-12)

    E. Berry under right foot of first A of AMERICA. Diagonal bar inside point of star 4. Star 1 pierces and separates lowest curl. (BB-20)

    F. Berry under right foot of first A of AMERICA. Normal date. Two points of star 1 close to or touching lowest curl. (BB- 24)

G. Berry under right foot of first A of AMERICA. Blundered date, 7 over 1 (BB- 21)


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